The final farewell to Father Philip


Tuesday, February 12th
7pm, Panikhida

Wednesday, February 13th
8:30am - Hierarchical Liturgy
10am - Funeral Service

Biography of Archimandrite Philip.

He was born March 19, 1947 at St. Charles Hospital in Aurora, IL, USA. Parents were Mary (Mondello) Speranza (4-5-1921 to 2-14-2017) & Samuel Speranza (1-30-1913 to 5-26-1996). Philip grew up in Wheaton IL, a western suburb of Chicago, IL. Philip knew from about age 8 that he wanted to be a priest. He graduated high school from Sacred Heart Missionaries Seminary in Geneva IL. He attended graduate school at Northern IL University in DeKalb, IL. Philip works summers on the Northwestern Railroad (out of Chicago) to help pay his private high school tuition. Philip's interest in Orthodoxy began at an early age - comparative religions is an unusual interest for an eighteen-year-old. Eventually, the draw of Orthodoxy won his heart & soul. He was ordained an Orthodox priest 1-21-1973 and served in Pennsylvania, then was received into the Archdiocese of Canada in 1992, and recently celebrated 46 years as a priest. He served parishes in Calgary, rural Alberta and was assigned rector in 2005 at Holy Trinity Church, Edmonton, Alberta. Most recently, he "semi-retired" & was assigned as second priest at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Toronto, Ontario.

His hobbies, besides books & reading, were old pocket watches. He loved science fiction movies. Eating Mom's homemade ravioli was his favorite meal.

He is survived by his sister, Joanne Speranza Walker; her husband, Larry F. Walker, of Inverness, Florida; Philip's nephew, Eric P. Walker & Eric's family, wife, Michelle & daughters, Heather & Hannah of Kingston, Illinois: and numerous cousins in Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Florida, Brazil, Belgium & Sicily.

Panihida at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12th, at Russian Orthodox Christ the Saviour Cathedral, 823 Manning Street, Toronto, Ontario. On Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Hierachical Liturgy, followed by Funeral Service for a Priest at 10:00 a.m. His Eminence, Archbishop Irénée will preside at all the services.
Interment at a later date in Russian Orthodox Cemetery in Rawdon, Quebec, Canada.